Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., also known as Butch Dalisay was born in Romblon, Philippines in 1954. He spent his grade school years in La Salle Greenhills and graduated in 1966. He completed his secondary eduacation at the Philippine Science High School in 1970. He dropped out of college and worked as a journalist. He was a political detainee during the Martial Law. He was imprisoned for a period of time due to his writings which were against the Marcos Regime. Despite a stall in his collegiate degree, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in English in 1984. He received an MFA from the University of Michigan in 1988 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsis- Milwaukee in 1991.
He has won 16 Palanca Awards in 5 genres. He has received numerous awards like the National Book Award and 5 Cultural Center of the Philiippines awards for playwriting. He has published 15 books containing his own writings including Penmanship and Other Stories.
He currently writes for the Philippine Star. Also, he teaches English and Creative Writing in UP (University of the Philippines).
He is married to the artist June Poticar Dalisay. They have one daughter, Demi, born in 1974. He is fond of Macintosh Computers, old fountain pens, '50s watches, and Volkswagen Beetles.